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NOUN (5)

1. a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother);
- Example: "the mother of three children"
[syn: mother, female parent]

2. a stringy slimy substance consisting of yeast cells and bacteria; forms during fermentation and is added to cider or wine to produce vinegar;

3. a term of address for an elderly woman;

4. a term of address for a mother superior;

5. a condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation;
- Example: "necessity is the mother of invention"


VERB (2)

1. care for like a mother;
- Example: "She fusses over her husband"
[syn: mother, fuss, overprotect]

2. make children;
- Example: "Abraham begot Isaac"
- Example: "Men often father children but don't recognize them"
[syn: beget, get, engender, father, mother, sire, generate, bring forth]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mauther \Mau"ther\ (m[add]"[th][~e]r), n. [Cf. AS. maeg[thorn] a maid.] [Also spelled mawther, mother.] A girl; esp., a great, awkward girl; a wench. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mother \Moth"er\ (m[u^][th]"[~e]r), n. [OE. moder, AS. m[=o]dor; akin to D. moeder, OS. m[=o]dar, G. mutter, OHG. muotar, Icel. m[=o][eth]ir, Dan. & Sw. moder, OSlav. mati, Russ. mate, Ir. & Gael. mathair, L. mater, Gr. mh`thr, Skr. m[=a]t[.r]; cf. Skr. m[=a] to measure. [root]268. Cf. Material, Matrix, Metropolis, Father.] 1. A female parent; especially, one of the human race; a woman who has borne a child. [1913 Webster] 2. That which has produced or nurtured anything; source of birth or origin; generatrix. [1913 Webster] Alas! poor country! . . . it can not Be called our mother, but our grave. --Shak. [1913 Webster] I behold . . . the solitary majesty of Crete, mother of a religion, it is said, that lived two thousand years. --Landor. [1913 Webster] 3. An old woman or matron. [Familiar] [1913 Webster] 4. The female superior or head of a religious house, as an abbess, etc. [1913 Webster] 5. Hysterical passion; hysteria. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster] Mother Carey's chicken (Zool.), any one of several species of small petrels, as the stormy petrel (Procellaria pelagica), and Leach's petrel (Oceanodroma leucorhoa), both of the Atlantic, and Oceanodroma furcata of the North Pacific. Mother Carey's goose (Zool.), the giant fulmar of the Pacific. See Fulmar. Mother's mark (Med.), a congenital mark upon the body; a birthmark; a naevus. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mother \Moth"er\, a. Received by birth or from ancestors; native, natural; as, mother language; also acting the part, or having the place of a mother; producing others; originating. [1913 Webster] It is the mother falsehood from which all idolatry is derived. --T. Arnold. [1913 Webster] Mother cell (Biol.), a cell which, by endogenous divisions, gives rise to other cells (daughter cells); a parent cell. Mother church, the original church; a church from which other churches have sprung; as, the mother church of a diocese. Mother country, the country of one's parents or ancestors; the country from which the people of a colony derive their origin. Mother liquor (Chem.), the impure or complex residual solution which remains after the salts readily or regularly crystallizing have been removed. Mother queen, the mother of a reigning sovereign; a queen mother. Mother tongue. (a) A language from which another language has had its origin. (b) The language of one's native land; native tongue. Mother water. See Mother liquor (above). Mother wit, natural or native wit or intelligence. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mother \Moth"er\, n. [Akin to D. modder mud, G. moder mold, mud, Dan. mudder mud, and to E. mud. See Mud.] A film or membrane which is developed on the surface of fermented alcoholic liquids, such as vinegar, wine, etc., and acts as a means of conveying the oxygen of the air to the alcohol and other combustible principles of the liquid, thus leading to their oxidation. [1913 Webster] Note: The film is composed of a mass of rapidly developing microorganisms of the genus Mycoderma, and in the mother of vinegar the microorganisms (Mycoderma aceti) composing the film are the active agents in the Conversion of the alcohol into vinegar. When thickened by growth, the film may settle to the bottom of the fluid. See Acetous fermentation, under Fermentation. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mother \Moth"er\, v. i. To become like, or full of, mother, or thick matter, as vinegar. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

mother \moth"er\ (m[u^][th]"[~e]r), n. [Shortened from motherfucker as a euphemism.] 1. Same as motherfucker. [Vulgar slang] [PJC] 2. A person or thing with some exceptional quality, as great size or power; as, a grizzly stuck his nose in my tent and I grabbed my pistol and shot the mother. [Slang] [PJC]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Mother \Moth"er\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Mothered; p. pr. & vb. n. Mothering.] To adopt as a son or daughter; to perform the duties of a mother to. [1913 Webster] The queen, to have put lady Elizabeth besides the crown, would have mothered another body's child. --Howell. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

mother n 1: a woman who has given birth to a child (also used as a term of address to your mother); "the mother of three children" [syn: mother, female parent] [ant: begetter, father, male parent] 2: a stringy slimy substance consisting of yeast cells and bacteria; forms during fermentation and is added to cider or wine to produce vinegar 3: a term of address for an elderly woman 4: a term of address for a mother superior 5: a condition that is the inspiration for an activity or situation; "necessity is the mother of invention" v 1: care for like a mother; "She fusses over her husband" [syn: mother, fuss, overprotect] 2: make children; "Abraham begot Isaac"; "Men often father children but don't recognize them" [syn: beget, get, engender, father, mother, sire, generate, bring forth]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

233 Moby Thesaurus words for "mother": SOB, agent, ancestorial, ancestors, ancestral, apprentice, architect, artificer, artist, attend to, aunt, auntie, author, baby, baby-sit, bastard, bear, beget, begetter, beginner, birth, blood brother, breed, breed true, brethren, bring to birth, brother, bub, bubba, bud, buddy, bugger, builder, care for, catalyst, causer, chaperon, cherish, coddle, conceiver, conserve, constructor, copulate, cosset, country cousin, cousin, cousin once removed, cousin twice removed, cradle, craftsman, creator, creep, crossbreed, cultivate, dam, daughter, designer, deviser, discoverer, dry-nurse, effector, engender, engenderer, engineer, executor, executrix, fart, father, fatherlike, fatherly, feed, first cousin, fondle, foster, foster brother, foster mother, founder, frater, generate, generator, genesis, genetrix, get, give birth to, grandfatherly, grandmotherly, grandnephew, grandniece, grandparental, granduncle, great-aunt, great-uncle, grower, half brother, heel, hood, hooligan, inaugurator, inbreed, indulge, industrialist, initiator, innate, inspirer, instigator, institutor, introducer, inventor, jerk, journeyman, keep watch over, kid brother, lavish care on, look after, look out for, look to, louse, ma, make love, maker, mam, mama, mamma, mammy, manufacturer, master, master craftsman, mater, materfamilias, maternal, maternal ancestor, matriarch, matronize, maw, meanie, mind, minister to, mom, mommy, motherlike, motherly, mover, multiply, mum, mummy, native, natural, nephew, niece, nourish, nuncle, nunks, nunky, nurse, nurture, nurturer, old, old lady, old woman, organizer, origin, originator, outbreed, pamper, parent, parental, past master, paternal, patriarchal, pill, planner, precursor, preserve, prime mover, primum mobile, procreate, producer, progenitrix, proliferate, propagate, protect, protege, provide for, raiser, rat, realizer, reproduce in kind, ride herd on, second cousin, see after, see to, serve, shaper, shelter, shepherd, shit, shithead, shitheel, sire, sis, sissy, sister, sister-german, sistern, smith, son, source, spoil, spoon-feed, stepbrother, stepmother, stepsister, stinkard, stinker, suckle, support, sustain, take care of, take charge of, tend, the old woman, turd, unc, uncle, uncs, uterine brother, wait on, watch, watch out for, watch over, wellspring, wet-nurse, wright
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015):

parent mother predecessor The ancestor node in a tree that points to the current node (one of its child nodes). (2005-09-15)
Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856):

MOTHER, domestic relations. A woman who has borne a child. 2. It is generally the duty of a mother to support her child, when she is left a widow, until he becomes of age, or is able to maintain himself; 8 Watts, R. 366; and even after he becomes of age, if he be chargeable to the public, she may, perhaps, in all the states, be compelled, when she has sufficient means, to support him. But when the child has property sufficient for his support, she is not, even during his minority, obliged to maintain him. 1 Bro. C. C. 387; 2 Mass. R. 415; 4 Miss. R. 97. 3. When the father dies without leaving a testamentary guardian, at common law, the mother is entitled to be the guardian of the person and estate of the infant, until he arrives at fourteen years, when he is able to choose a guardian. Litt. sect. 123; 3 Co. 38; Co. Litt. 84 b; 2 Atk. 14; Com Dig. B, D, E; 7 Ves. 348. See 10 Mass. 135, 140; 15 Mass. 272; 4 Binn. 487; 4 Stew. & Part. 123; 2 Mass. 415; Harper, R. 9; 1 Root, R. 487. 4. In Pennsylvania, the orphans' court will, in such case, appoint a guardian until the infant shall attain his fourteenth year. During the joint lives of the parents, (q.v.) the father (q.v.) is alone responsible for the support of the children; and has the only control over them, except when in special cases the mother is allowed to have possession of them. 1 P. A. Browne's Rep. 143; 5 Binn. R. 520; 2 Serg. & Rawle 174. Vide 4 Binn. R. 492, 494. 5. The mother of a bastard child, as natural guardian, has a right to the custody and control of such child, and is bound to maintain it. 2 Mass. 109; 12 Mass. 387, 433; 2 John. 375; 15 John. 208; 6 S. & R. 255; 1 Ashmead, 55.